AS/ A2 Sociology (level 3)Course ref. QW047
This course is designed to enable you to:
Develop and use knowledge to analyse modern society
Critically assess different views on the way society works
Explore the core themes of socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation, power and stratification
Is it for me?
The course suits those with a genuine interest in other people’s lives, attitudes and behaviour who do not mind having their own ideas challenged or challenging others. You should be politically aware and have good communication skills.
Assessment is exam based.
Families and Households
You will examine the diversity of modern families and study roles and relationships within families, looking closely at the division of tasks and power. Demographic trends in the UK since 1900 are also examined.
Education and Research Methods
This unit introduces you to the skill of researching social issues and helps you to understand the role, impact and experience of education. You will examine state policies on education and consider the impact of schools and other factors such as social class, gender and ethnicity on achievement. This module also covers the research techniques available to sociologists.
Beliefs in Society
This unit involves an examination of different theories of ideology, science and religion. Religious organisations including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements are explored.
Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methodology
You will examine the social distribution of crime by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class. Crime control, prevention and punishment are explored and the perspective of victims and the role of crime prevention agencies are considered. The study of suicide is a central theme. You will also learn much more about the various theories and methods of research which sociologists have developed.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C with at least one of these in English Language and another subject involving extended writing e.g. History.
Which courses go well with this?
Sociology combines well with other Humanities e.g. Law and History but it is also valuable as a broadening course when combined with natural sciences and creative disciplines.
Students who have studied Sociology have gone on to a wide range of higher education courses in the Social Science field, e.g. Law, Anthropology and Sociology, and they have entered careers involving people skills such as Teaching, Social Work and Human Resource Management.